Jane Braxton Little, Pasadena Star News

Jane Braxton Little

Pasadena Star News

California, United States

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Past articles by Jane:

To achieve forest health, we need to change our relationship with fire

Managed thoughtfully, it is a guardian we can trust to protect us from uncontrolled infernos. → Read More

Linda Cayot: Lessons From a Life in Conservation

The famed scientist has played a critical role in restoring Galápagos tortoises and other species. Now retired, she offers four key takeaways for the next generation of biologists. → Read More

Development plans test a decade-old conservation deal —

Brokers of an agreement to protect undeveloped land in California are reconsidering. → Read More

The California Indigenous Peoples Using Fire for Agroforestry

Prescribed burning is the main tool in the Karuk and Yoruk tribes' agroforestry systems, which encourages proliferation of traditional foods, herbs, and medicines. → Read More

Below Mount Shasta, a fight burbles over bottled water (Consider the source) —

Selling water to Nestlé, Crystal Geyser and others could strain aquifers. → Read More

Placer County didn't adequately consider fire risk of massive Tahoe development, judge rules

A Placer Superior Court judge has stopped the controversial Martis West development north of Lake Tahoe that would have allowed 760 new homes in a high-severity fire area. → Read More

They've tried for years to catch a Sierra Nevada red fox. Now scientists have caught two

California wildlife biologists researching the rare Sierra Nevada red fox have been trying to capture one for over a decade. On Tuesday, they caught the second one in three weeks. The foxes were outfitted with radio collars and released. → Read More

She was drunk and tried to pass a truck, cops say. Now she’s charged with murder

Karen Yvonne Schwamb of Plumas County faces three counts of murder stemming from a collision Monday in the Feather River Canyon that left three people dead and injured two others. → Read More

Biologist seeks to eradicate invasive bullfrogs in Plumas National Forest

Colin Dillingham, a wildlife biologist with the Plumas National Forest, has applied for a permit to eradicate American bullfrogs in parts of the forest. Bullfrogs are threatening native California species. → Read More

Heavy snow prompts closure of Highway 89 through Lassen park

Snow is blanketing Lassen Volcanic National Park, and with more predicted later this week, park officials have closed Highway 89 through the park for the season. → Read More

Man who set five Plumas forest fires sentenced to prison

Jeffrey Cameron Schmid was sentenced Friday to 20 years to life in state prison for five separate fires he admitted he set on the Plumas National Forest. → Read More

Colitis likely killed 25 wild horse foals at federal California facility

Veterinarians investigating the death of 25 wild horse foals held at a federal facility near Susanville believe they suffered from colitis, an inflammation of the colon. → Read More

Sierra Pacific employee awaits sentencing for setting Plumas forest fires

Jeffrey Cameron Schmid is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 3 on five counts of arson stemming from a series of forest fires set this summer near this Plumas County seat. → Read More

Quincy man charged for serial arson in spate of Plumas County forest fires

Prosecutors say a Quincy man was responsible for setting several fires in the Plumas National Forest. The largest, the Minerva Fire, last month burned within two miles of the Plumas County seat. Jeffrey Cameron Schmid, 36, made his first brief court appearance Tuesday. He is charged with five counts of arson. → Read More

Minerva fire prompts downtown Quincy evacuation advisory

The Minerva fire burned closer to the town of Quincy, prompting Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood to issue a voluntary evacuation order. → Read More

Multiple fires burn in far Northern California

Several fires were burning Friday in far Northern California, just south of the Oregon border. → Read More

Tailor-made for rafters – whitewater will be raging on Feather River’s spectacular north fork this weekend

Kayakers and river recreationists may enjoy increased flows in the Feather River's north fork, but utility company officials are issuing a warning to others. → Read More

fire, Lassen, Long Valley, sage, grouse, California, wildfires

A fast-moving fire charged through brush and grass Wednesday, burning 20,000 acres and three structures in eastern Lassen County near the town of Doyle. → Read More

‘Golden Rule’ sails to Old Sacramento to promote nuclear disarmament

The Golden Rule, a boat known for efforts to ban nuclear weapons, will be in Old Sacramento on Sunday, July 9, 2017. → Read More

Trinity County residents raise concerns about safety of Trinity Dam

Deep in the Trinity Alps, 130 miles northwest of the troubled Oroville Dam, local officials are raising alarms about another earthen dam with documented weaknesses and limited capacity for releasing the water that has poured in from storms and melting snow. → Read More